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Old 12-05-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
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format unrecognized hdd


I have a unformatted multimedia hard disk that does not recognize the system. I need to format it in FAT. I formatted the disk to NTFS and the multimedia system stopped to work. Now does not have format.

How can I do it?
 
Old 12-05-2007, 09:27 AM   #2
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How do you know it isn't recognized?

Does it show up it the BIOS?
 
Old 12-05-2007, 09:31 AM   #3
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Hi,

Is a partition layout present on the disk? Use fdisk -l /dev/sda to check (substitute /dev/sda with the correct entry).

If no partition layout is present you can use (linux, not 'dos') fdisk to set that up. Take a look here (Partitioning with fdisk) for an on-line explanation.

If partitions are present you could try using mkfs.vfat to format the partition(s).

mkfs.vfat -F 16 /dev/sda1 or mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sda1 (again: replace /dev/sda1 with appropriate device) should format the partion.

Also take a look at both manpages.

Hope this gets you going again.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 02:17 PM   #4
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Druuna, you hited in the nail.

The system did not load the volume neither I knew how to access to format it.

The solution was in launching 'fdisk -l' to see if loaded the device, once done I could access him. I had to use the Gnome Partitioner. With the option 'mkfs -I' did neither obtain result.

Thanks for all.

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